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Nov. 6, 2013 - Boulder Police Issue Summonses to Church Officials in Connection With Sex Assault Investigation

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013
Contact:
Kim Kobel, Boulder Police, 303-441-3370

Boulder police issue summonses to church officials in connection with sex assault investigation

Boulder police detectives served summonses to two pastors and two elders associated with VineLife Church in Longmont, CO (7845 Lookout Rd.) after a police investigation revealed the officials failed to report that a youth pastor allegedly sexually assaulted a child, who was a member of the church. A fifth church official, who is currently out of the country, will be served a summons when he returns to Colorado. Three tickets were served yesterday (Nov. 5, 2013) and one ticket was served this morning (Nov. 6, 2013).

The victim in the case is now 23 years old. She told police the relationship with her pastor began when she was 15 years old and continued for seven years.

The suspect in the sexual assault case is Jason Allen Roberson (DOB 12/25/1977). Police arrested Roberson on Sept. 4, 2013 and charged him with one count of Sexual Assault on a Child by One in a Position of Trust; one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Child and one count of Unlawful Sexual Contact. After reviewing the case, the Boulder County District Attorney added one count of Stalking.

Subsequent investigation by Boulder police detectives indicates that the pastors and the elders failed to report the situation to law enforcement or Housing and Human Services (HHS) in a timely fashion as required by law. The following pastors and elders from VineLife Church each face one charge of Duty to Report Child Abuse, a Class 3 misdemeanor. The identity of the fifth church official will be released at the time he receives the summons.

·         Robert Phillip (“Bob”) Young (DOB 11/21/1947), executive pastor

·         Luke Michael Humbrecht (DOB 4/15/1983), pastor

·         Edward Charles Bennell (DOB 9/22/1948), elder

·         Warren Lloyd Williams (DOB 2/13/1947), elder

The case number is 13-5204. Boulder police are not aware of other victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Brannon Winn at 303-441-4477. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

 

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